The Y understands the challenges that keep individuals from reaching their full potential and responds with services and support which help people to be self-reliant, productive and connected to the community. Our special needs programs provide a safe, fun place for individuals with disabilities to make friends and improve overall well-being.
Social Club Ages 12 & up
This program brings groups of peers with special needs together on Friday or Saturday evenings for socialization and fun. Activities include physical fitness, games, crafts and community outings. Groups are led by experienced, caring staff and volunteers. A light dinner is included, or participants may bring their own meal. Additional fees may apply for community outings or one-on-one assistance if needed.
Adaptive Fitness Ages 5 & up
This program offers adaptive physical activity and socialization through non-competitive games including basketball, kickball, parachute, obstacle courses, T-Ball, tennis, dance and movement, and more. All activities are led by an experienced special needs personal trainer with the help of caring, dedicated volunteers. Most levels of special needs can be accommodated.
Adaptive Personal Training Ages 7 & up
This program offers those with special needs ages 7 and up the opportunity to learn and maintain healthy lifestyle habits. They will receive exceptional guidance from an experienced special needs personal trainer in a private one-on-one or small group session. Instruction includes nutrition guidance, exercise routine development, goal setting, and all around guidance towards developing a healthy lifestyle. Most levels of special needs can be accommodated.
Adaptive Swim Lessons Ages 5 & up
This program offers participants with special needs ages 5 and up the opportunity to learn to swim, stay fit, and have fun in a safe and relaxed environment. They will receive exceptional guidance from a certified YMCA swimming instructor with experience in special needs. Previous experience in swimming is not required.
School’s Out Inclusion Camp Ages 5-14
We believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. That’s why we are offering an inclusion day experience to children with special needs. Our experienced, caring staff work one-on- one with children to help them to cultivate the values, social skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health, and educational achievement.
Adaptive Yoga Ages 12 & up
Adaptive Yoga classes are designed for individuals with a variety of special needs who are looking for a safe place to experience the multiple benefits of yoga. These benefits would include increased flexibility, greater sense of balance, moderate strengthening, and the ability to be present in themselves in the breath in order to achieve awareness whether in a yoga class or in the world. Yoga postures are made accessible to all students by adapting poses, using props and hands-on support when needed.
Visit the Birmingham Family YMCA website for more details